Thank you for sharing your success stories! We have viewers in 75+ countries so we hear a lot of great things from what feels like everywhere. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Fans of an author shared her page on this website to raise awareness of a campaign to save her home in Minnesota
  • A private school teacher in Los Angeles received a fellowship to create her own nationwide itinerary using this website as a guide
  • A grandfather in South Dakota used our website to explain to family the importance of an author who was their ancestor
  • Curators and specialists of historic house museums in Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia have offered their time and expertise to be special guests in our YouTube videos
  • Fifth grade teachers in public and private schools nationwide have introduced students to the website to help with state reports
  • Jacqui Bally, a genealogy specialist from Los Angeles, contributed vintage photos connected to the histories of New York, Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire, and California
  • “Wild Frank,” a television show on Discovery, interviewed us for an episode about Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of “Tarzan”
  • Author Adventure partners Patricia Smart and Rebecca Beech were featured speakers about collaboration at an Independent School Librarians Exchange meeting in Pasadena, California
  • Parents in several states have commended us for preparing them to take their children on our trails
  • A teacher at a public middle school in Thousand Oaks, California, used the website to grow her knowledge of literary landmarks while traveling through Colorado on spring break
  • A retired Miami Herald editor donated weeks of professional research to our website to support her city’s literary landmarks
  • Founder Patricia Smart taught a class about the website in the “Imagination” course of Oklahoma State; a video of it benefited online students in 30+ countries and international students were inspired to ask how to expand the idea to their home countries
  • Our cartographer, Katie Smart, who started mapping for us while in high school, was offered college scholarships from major universities, one that cited her Author Adventures work as a contributing reason
  • Jan Hunt, a Canadian psychologist and leading author of books about homeschooling, researched the house of a beloved author she had visited while homeschooling years before
  • A librarian introduced a sixth grade descendant of a major poet to photos of his great-grandfather’s homes, which he saw for the first time on authoradventures.org; some of the photos had been submitted by a different reader who is a retired Massachusetts public library director
  • A creative writing professor at Florida International University referred professional research contacts to help us add more places to the Florida literary trails
  • A Baton Rouge Elementary school teacher joined our research team on the entire Louisiana trail, contributing ideas along the way
  • A scientist from Doral, Florida, gave us a full-day tour of the Everglades to enrich our video about author Marjorie Stoneman Douglas.
  • A Los Angeles couple won our donation of a day-long tour of “Literary Los Angeles” to benefit a private school’s fundraising campaign
  • A retired Miami Dade College English professor traveled with us as a guide through the landmarks along the Georgia and South Carolina coastline (Can you see us in the mirror in the pic below?)

Do you have a success story too? Let us know!